Friday, March 27, 2009

owl photos as educational tools

Deanne Lewis of Australia created the internet site "The Owl Pages" Recently that site has been taken over by the Center for Biological Diversity, which also sponsors the Global Owl Project. These are two major initiatives coordinated by the Center for Biological Diversity for which I can offer hearty support. My support for such matters is never unconditional, but CBD is to be commended for doing a great job with them, even as Jeff Miller and the local San Francisco branch has greviously screwed up Altamont Pass conservation initiatives and harmed the interests of burrowing owls in the Altamont Pass.
Several years ago Deanne Lewis happened to see some photos I took of a captive great horned owl with macro focus, and he asked if he could use them on the Owl Pages. I was more than happy to oblige. Since then, a steady stream of requests has reached me asking permission to publish the photos in various formats, including student essays, research presentations or educational presentations by professors, organizational newsletters, etc. I have always been happy to allow use of such photos for public or student education. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and an owl picture is probably worth at least fifteen hundred...
Stan Moore
Fairfax Raptor Research
P.O. Box 341
San Geronimo, CA 94963

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